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3 Common Foods That You Don’t Know Can Cause Serious Bloating

3 Common Foods That You Don’t Know Can Cause Serious Bloating

Your body — everyone’s body — makes gas. Scientists believe on average that a normal person will pass gas between 12 and 25 times a day! However, when gas builds up in your system and creates bloating and discomfort, it is another story altogether — and the problem can be both embarrassing and painful. It is also more common than you would think, with research estimating that around 30% of Americans suffer from bloating.

The problem is that not all bloating comes from unhealthy foods — and in fact, some of the healthiest foods in the world – such as the ones below — can also contribute to this problem!

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1. Apples

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    They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away – and these fruits truly are healthy, with a low glycemic index, lots of vitamins and minerals and fiber which, along with herbal remedies, can help treat constipation. It even contains quercetin, an important antioxidant.

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    However, they derive some of their delicious sweetness from two sugars, sorbitol, and fructose, and not everyone’s body can tolerate them, with the result that gas is produced. The best way to deal with this problem is to eat them in moderation and in between meals as a snack.

    2. Cruciferous Vegetables

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      Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and kale are all in the cruciferous family. Nutritionally, these vegetables are rock stars, rich in nutrients and sulfur-containing compounds that help fight cancer and strengthen the immune system.

      However, these vegetables are also unfortunately high in raffinose, a special kind of sugar that is not digested until it is broken down by the bacteria in the gut when gas is produced. Bloating and pain can result. However, if these vegetables are eaten regularly and in small amounts, the digestive system can be strengthened and less gas will be produced. Alternatively, you can also cook these vegetables instead of eating them raw, which softens the fiber and also shrinks the veggies themselves slightly, so that they take up less space in your stomach and are less likely to make you uncomfortable.

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      3. Beans

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        Beans are another healthy dietary choice, loaded with plant-based protein as well as minerals and vitamins. They can help to lower blood pressure and are low in fat and cholesterol.

        However, beans are rich in a variety of fibers and sugars that the human body has trouble absorbing and most of them are broken down by bacteria in the gut, where gas is produced. The trick, if you love beans, is to eat them in small quantities and let your body gradually adjust to them. An alternative to this is to combine them in dishes with whole grains like rice that are easy for your body to break down. Either way, you will likely be able to eat legumes with more comfort.

        So if you like the foods above but have problems with gas, then just eating them in moderation for a certain period of time can often help your body get used to them and reduce problems with bloating and discomfort.

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        Last Updated on September 20, 2018

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

        Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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